Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Khanom Luk Chup

They look like various kinds of fruit and vege- tables, such as chillies, cherries, mangosteens, oranges, mangoes, bananas, watermelons, and carrots but they are in miniature. Their taste is sweet, their smell is fragrant, and their appearance is attractive and colorful. They are called Luk Chup.
To make Luk Chup, the basic ingredients are ground mung beans (with skins removed), sugar, coconut cream, clear gelatin, and food-colouring. Ground bean paste is mixed with sugar before coconut cream is added. The mixture then is heated over a gentle fire until it becomes sticky. After leaving it cool, the mixture is taken to be molded into the desired shapes of fruits and vegetables. This important step needs good dexterity. Every curve and line requires a very gentle touch to shape the mixture into the miniature fruits or vegetables. But the size of each piece is limited by the amount of mixture that can be made to hold together. Then the little models are painted in various colors. When dry, they are dipped in clear gelatin.


Julie said...

they look so pretty! I just had my first lesson on making lukchup a few days ago. mine didn't look as good as yours though. hehe. the next entry for my blog will be on that. So if U have the time, do check it out. Btw, i just found ur blog. awesome stuff u have in here :)

Salee said...

Thanks for your comment.:)

AN BUI said...

How and where we can buy it? We are from Vietnam. Cause it is my memory. Please advise us. Thanks

Nguyen Anh